Family, HUNTER, CARTER & CHLOE, Living in... Singapore KIDS KAMPONG 23 November 2013

l’m forever on the hunt for outdoor kids activities in Singapore. And it’s kinda my mission to do one outdoor kid activity over each weekend, when we’re all together as a family. I can’t think of anything worse than for all of us to be traipsing through a mall over the weekend, along with ten thousand other people. I have a morbid fear of malls on weekends – they’re so packed with people shoving away and loud music blaring. Ack!! Nightmare central.

I’ve been wanting to bring the kids to the Kid’s Kampong at Pasir Ris for a loooong time now.. but considering it’s at the opposite end of the country for us, we never got round to it. But, we finally bit the bullet and did so last weekend!

It’s all completely outdoors, so come prepared for the hot weather. We were blessed with cloudy skies and a cool breeze, so it was actually quite pleasant to be out!

So the premise is… back in the day, there were “kampongs” (villages) where kids would catch fish in “longkangs” (drains). Singapore is all developed now, so this Kid’s Kampong hopes to preserve some of this “longkang fishing” fun for today’s modern day kids.

They also house a HUGE variety of other fish and crustaceans for kids to have a look at.

At the Kid’s Kampong

 

Checking out some of the fish on his new YVelo bike, which is kinda permanently attached to him (he even rides it at home).

 

Running toddler + ponds everywhere = heart attack central

 

“Fish fish fish!!”

 

So here’s the deal: $4 gets you a bucket and small net, and 30 mins of fishing time. You get to keep all the fish you catch.

BARGAIN!!!!

And so we got started…

Fishing time….. commence!

 

Ummmm….. fishing is WAY harder than you’d think!!! The annoying guppies wouldn’t just sit still or swim nicely into our (super tiny) net. How rude 😉

They’re actually blimmin’ FAST. They zip around and maybe I’m going old, but my eyes could hardly keep up with them! Ack!!! Half an hour went by and Chris caught……. ZERO.

Then I stepped in, and managed to catch THREE! Haha! Guess I have a back-up career in being a fisher(wo)man.

Unfortunately, there was a sacrifice. I also dropped my Balenciaga bag into the water. Gah!!!!

Poking around trying to get the fish out from their hiding spots

 

“C’mon dad, faster reflexes please!”

 

Here’s a little secret: there is a tiny sectioned off area, that’s JAM PACKED with guppies. They are a lot smaller (I think they put the babies in there) but since the area is so small, you’re pretty much guaranteed to catch some.

And so, after we still only had our 3 measly fish after 20 mins.. we decided to cave and go to the “baby area” to catch more fish.

And we did! Like 10 or so more fish. Hunter even caught one 😀

Hunter: speed demon

 

So here’s the fish that we caught!!!!!!

 

NAH JUST KIDDING.

We caught teeny guppies. But there were also these large orange Koi fish, that were so pretty. $1 buys you a packet of fish food to feed them.

Can you see why we were having heart attacks over a super-active toddler around this area? NO BARRIERS!

 

I find this photo so ridiculously cute…. a little boy all crouched down, poking away with his net trying to catch fish. EEEEEKKK TOO CUTE!! (am I crazy?)

 

Carter, our inspection agent, checking the guppies we caught

 

Feeding those big Koi fishes

 

They pack your fish up in an oxygen-sealed bag, which lasts up to 10 hours. I think we caught around 15 guppies??

Hello to our new pet fish!

 

We bought a plastic tank (only $2.50!) from them, and some oxygen balls ($2 a tube). And *plop* in went the fish!

This is Day 5 that we’ve had them and so far so good! We’ve had 2 fish go belly-up (or rather “gone to sleep”) the first night, but since then they’ve all been fine. Whew!

Our new pets

 

This is a GREAT outing for toddlers and young children. It’s so engaging, and it’s a ton of fun catching those fish. It’s really rewarding for them to be able to catch their own fish, and bring them home to look after as pets.

I kinda like having them in the home too. It’s therapeutic watching them swim around and poke around for food. And, hello, just $4 for a great activity and a bunch of fish to bring home!! Super deal!

 

2 Comments

  • Iris posted on November 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    U can try prawning or they call it prawn fishing next time. It is more pricey but u get to grill and eat the big prawns that u guys catch and they have small ponds for kids to catch fishes too! A couple of places like Bishan, Kranji and Pasir Ris.

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    • Beverly! posted on November 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      WOW really?!? I didn’t think it would have big prawns that we can eat too… heh. Gotta try that out. Thanks for the tip!

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